I am a parent to an 8 year old boy that just received a diagnosis of ADHD and Autism, high functioning. I am excited bit scared. Can you give me any advice on how to explain this to him?
I answered a similar ask a while ago, so I’m going to use that. It’s more specifically about autism, but you can adapt the same principals to apply to any neurodivergence.
“You know how people’s bodies come in many colours and shapes and sizes? People can have bodies that look all kinds of different ways, and there are also many different kinds of brains. You have an autistic brain. That means that you are autistic.
“Most people are not autistic, which means you are different than most people. But different doesn’t mean bad. It just means different! Being autistic means that you have a hard time with [applicable things], and you [do applicable things] differently than other people do. Being autistic also helps you be good at [applicable things].
“Autistic people might need different kinds of help than other people do. Autistic people sometimes communicate in different ways than other people. Sometimes autistic people move and act differently than most people too, and that is all okay! Autistic and not autistic, all kinds of brains are beautiful and important.
“Do you have any questions?”